The Foundry Group Presents SWEETHEARTS and THE HOOLIGAN at Lantern Theatre

Two masterly and unfairly neglected short plays by W. S. Gilbert - 1874's Sweethearts, a cynical comic masterpiece with timeless observations on the sexes, and The Hooligan, a brutal, yet blackly comic, study of a condemned man's final minutes that was a sensation at its debut in 1911.

Gilbert, forever linked with composer Arthur Sullivan as half of theatre's most famous partnership, was in his own right a leading playwright of the Victorian stage who exerted a profound influence on Shaw and Wilde. These acidly witty short plays are coupled for the first time in this double bill staged by the Foundry Group, the "renowned and very popular" (Western Park Gazette) multiple award-winning company, whose previous shows include festival hits Big Daddy Vs. Giant Haystacks and Seven Studies in Salesmanship, and the acclaimed adaptation of Gilbert's short stories and comic ballads 'Gilbert (No Sullivan)' (now touring).

Performed by LLoyd Ryan-Thomas (Nominee - Best Actor, Brighton Festival Awards 2014), Emma Wingrove (Bite-Size Breakfast), Nick Bartlett (Gangs of New York) and David Mounfield (Count Arthur Strong's Radio Show). Directed by Brian Mitchell (Argus Angel winner 2014) Sweethearts and The Hooligan will have a broad appeal to all ages.

Suitability: 7+

Performances: 7th- 8th May 8.30pm / 23rd - 25th May 8pm (plus 1.30pm matinee on 24th) / 1st- 3rd June 8pm

Tickets: £10/£8 (concessions)

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